‘Deadliest Catch’: Sig Hansen Explains How His Brain Works When Disaster Strikes

by Joe Rutland

When big-time trouble happens, “Deadliest Catch” captains have to act quickly. Don’t think so? Let’s ask Sig Hansen about it.

Hansen, who is one of those OG captains that have been with “Deadliest Catch” since its first season, offered some insight into this situation. In Season 12, he faced a serious incident where a fire broke out on his boat, the FV Northwestern.

He was asked about it during an interview with TV Insider.

When talking about it, Hansen was asked if his daughter Mandy had started crab fishing, too, on his boat.

“Yeah, Mandy was on board,” the “Deadliest Catch” captain said. “But I wasn’t thinking so much about her. You think about that after the fact, which is bizarre.

“It’s like your worst fear [your child being in danger], but [in that moment], I wasn’t thinking specifically about her,” Hansen said. “[A fire at sea is] one of the scariest things you can be involved in.”

‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Admits He’s Not Smart Enough To Do Anything But His Job

Now, Sig Hansen was asked if he’d ever thought about another line of work. Especially in light of having a fire break out on his boat in the middle of who-knows-where.

“Yes,” he said. “But I’m too stupid to do anything else.”

That might be true, but Hansen has found himself writing a New York Times best-selling book titled “North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters.” Additionally, Sig Hansen also serves as a technical adviser for “Deadliest Catch.”

The Discovery Channel show follows all of these captains who are out in the Bering Sea during crab seasons. It continues to draw viewers with its danger and different situations that happen out on the waters.

Is it really deadly out there, some Outsiders might ask. If you ever watch an episode, then you’ll notice all of the weather and personnel issues facing those crews. It’s not for the faint of heart, OK.

When It Comes To His Fridge Out On The Bering Sea, Hansen Knows What Matters Most

Now, do you wonder what some dude like Hansen has in his fridge on the high waters?

Hansen managed to chirp up about it in a chat with Channel Guide Magazine.

Let’s see, so he said that he keeps ground beef. It can be used in many ways.

What else? Boxed milk and bait. Oh yeah, cannot forget about the coffee. “We never leave the dock without an abundance of coffee,” Hansen said.

Mandy Hansen is quite aware of some testing times when being on “Deadliest Catch.”

What does she think about seeing big waves soaring over her boat?

“That’s the only scary part,” she said. “You don’t realize it’s that dangerous until you get one of those waves pop up.”